Storm Update: FEMA to Provide Disaster Assistance to Westchester

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Storm Update: FEMA to Provide Disaster Assistance to Westchester
Amicone urges Yonkers residents affected by storm to register for assistance

Yonkers, N.Y. (April 26, 2007)-- Mayor Phil Amicone is urging residents affected by the Nor'easter that hit our area on April 15, 2007, to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The recent disaster declaration issued by President Bush for parts of New York State, authorizes FEMA to use federal funding to aid with damages, losses and expenses caused by the storm. Mayor Amicone is encouraging residents of Yonkers who may be eligible for assistance to register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by visiting the FEMA website at www.fema.gov.

Mayor Amicone, who surveyed several of the affected areas in person, is grateful for the federal assistance. He said, "Many of our residents are still cleaning-up from damages caused by flooding and some people lost everything. This is an important step forward in the recovery process for our area."

FEMA provides a variety of disaster-related assistance including grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other expenses. They also coordinate low -interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover residential and business losses that may not be covered by insurance.

The City recommends that eligible residents and business owners begin the application process as soon as possible. The following information has been provided by FEMA representatives to help with the process.

FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Register for assistance online or by phone:
  • Online: Apply at www.fema.gov or click here for a direct link to the Individual Assistance Center
  • Phone: Apply by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1- 800-621-FEMA (3362). For the hearing or speech impaired, call 1-800-462-7585.
*The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Have the following information ready:

  • Social Security Number (including spouse)
  • Private Insurance Information, if available
  • Address and zip code of damaged property
  • Directions to the damaged home or property
  • Telephone number where FEMA can reach you
*You may also be asked for information about your income, the damage to your residence, housing needs and a description of your losses.

After you register, FEMA will provide you with an application number. It is important that you keep this number for future reference.

It may take up to 24-hours for FEMA to process your application. Once it is processed you will be able to check its status by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800- 621-FEMA (3362) and providing your application number.

In the following days, a FEMA inspector will call to arrange a visit to your damaged residence. The inspector will look at disaster-related damage for FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP) to determine disaster related assistance. Those who qualify for the IHP's housing, personal property or other financial assistance will receive a check, a letter of eligibility and an applicant's guide to use of the funds.

If you need assistance with the application process or have any questions, please call Mayor Amicone's office at (914) 377-6300.

In the meantime, the City has been coordinating a local volunteer effort to assist residents with the clean- up process. Mayor Amicone joined a group of volunteers and several students from Bronxville and Eastchester High Schools last Saturday at the Brooklands Apartments Building where several of the garden apartments were completely destroyed by flood damage.

Another volunteer effort is being coordinated by the City for this Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Brooklands Apartments. Details for interested volunteers follow.

Volunteer Effort - Round II: Clean-Up from Nor'easter 2007, City of Yonkers

We are coordinating another clean-up effort for Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Brooklands Apartment Building. Please contact me by email at Amanda.Modugno@CityofYonkers.com or by cell at (914) 803-2336 if you would like to volunteer. Details follow.

WHAT: Assist residents with clean-up from damages caused by the storm

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brooklands Apartment Building, 1000 Palmer Road, Yonkers, NY 10708

WHO: Gail Burns, Mayor Amicone's Office (Tel: 393-4550)
Amanda Modugno, Mayor Amicone's Office (Tel: 803- 2336)
Kathy Moran, Director of Constituent Services (Tel: 522-2197)
John Donaghy, Office of Emergency Management (Tel: 377-7325)
Cory Hartman, Office of Emergency Management (Tel: 512-1628)

*The main focus is to assist residents, especially seniors, with lifting damaged items that may be too heavy to carry alone.

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City of Yonkers, Office of the Mayor
David Simpson
Director of Communications
phone: 914-377-6208 or 914-262-2950
City of Yonkers, Office of the Mayor
Amanda Modugno
Senior Staff Assistant
phone: 914-377-6634 or 914-803-2336